The holiday season marks the time of year anglers start seeking out early-winter steelhead along the central coast. And after some down years in the region, steelhead fishermen hope the heavy rains of the 2004–05 seasons help bolster future steelhead runs. In the central region, the San Lorenzo River is usually the best indicator of what to expect from the season. The steelhead numbers should continue to improve thanks to “fish recycling,” as the past few years have been catch and release only for the silver bullets of these waters. And unlike their king salmon cousins, a fraction of these southern steelhead return to the ocean after spawning. That’s why it is important that anglers use extreme care when catching and releasing these precious fish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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